Blackjack goes digital in virtual game

November 29, 2000 6:41 AM
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Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson has begun testing a high-tech table game called Digital 21, developed by Las Vegas-based PDS Financial Corporation.

Digital 21 is traditional blackjack with a high-tech twist. The game is played on a highly-polished 21 table with a human dealer, except the cards are "dealt" electronically and appear in video screens for each player and the dealer.

The electronic graphics enable players to feel as though they are playing with standard paper or plastic-coated cards. Yet, the game automatically totals each player’s hand as well as the dealer’s, thus removing any doubt over the hand’s total.

The screens also display whether the hand is a winner or loser. As with conventional blackjack, the dealer handles the bank, selling chips, and paying off can collecting players’ bets.

Digital 21 also has been approved by Gaming Laboratories International Incorporated for use in New Mexico and has also been submitted for approval in Illinois, Iowa and California.

PDS Financial Corporation is an integrated provider of customized finance and leasing solutions to the gaming industry, and supplies gaming devices to casino operators throughout the United States.

Since 1991, PDS has completed over $550 million in gaming finance transactions, including SlotLease, which is a specialized leasing program for slot machines and other electronic gaming devices. In 1997, the Company established its reconditioned gaming device sales and distribution division, PDS Slot Source, to complement its leasing and financing activities and to generate equipment sales to casino operators.

PDS acquired the exclusive intellectual property rights to manufacture and distribute digital table game products utilizing DCS technology throughout the United States, including Sovereign Nations in mid-1999.